Familiar neighbors enhance breeding success in birds.

@article{Beletsky1989FamiliarNE,
  title={Familiar neighbors enhance breeding success in birds.},
  author={Les D. Beletsky and Gordon H. Orians},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1989},
  volume={86 20},
  pages={
          7933-6
        }
}
We tested the hypothesis that long-term familiarity with neighbors is advantageous by determining whether male red-winged blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) breeding adjacent to familiar neighbors have better reproductive success than other males. Using data gathered during a 10-yr study of breeding success, we found that males with familiar neighbors fledged, on average, significantly more offspring annually than males without familiar neighbors. We also found that the same males, breeding in… CONTINUE READING
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